Exploring Virtual Field Trips and Experiences

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Cori Frede  
Field trips often add an impactful lesson to a unit, but with safety concerns, they are not currently possible. Or are they? Come learn about virtual field trips. See the different museums, zoos and more that host experiences for your students, all from the comfort of your internet connection.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Everything will be web-based. A Google and/or Microsoft account may be required for some tools discussed.
Topic: Augmented, mixed & virtual reality
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation will help teachers explore different programs such as Google Expeditions and Skype in the Classroom to organize virtual field trips for students. It will also explore tools such as Google Tour Builder and Flipgrid to help students create their own virtual field trips. We will also explore communities, hashtags, and other ways for teachers to find experiences for their students.

The session will begin with participants taking a virtual field trip and will end with participants creating their own virtual field trip so they see both sides of the process.


(5 Minutes) Introduction: What is a virtual field trip. Do we need VR goggles to participate (no)
(10 Minutes) Virtual Field Trip: Attendees will take a short field trip to Mars
(15 Minutes) Where to Find Field Trips: Exploring pre-made resources
(15 Minutes) Creating Field Trips: How to use Google Tour Builder to create field trips that can be used with or without VR goggles.
(10 Minutes) Share out: Participants can share their tours with the group
(5 Minutes) Q&A/Closure

Supporting research

Field trips have always been a staple in education. While real field trips are a safety concern right now, virtual field trips are an alternative that many teachers are embracing.

"Every student comes from a unique background. A field trip is a way to provide each student with real-world, hands-on experience. A trip to the museum, zoo, aquarium, State capital, community garden, soup kitchen, movie, or a restaurant provides students a better understanding of the outside world. They break free from the walls of the school, taking their knowledge with them to make the connections between their classroom learning and the outside world. These connections reinforce to students that what they’re learning is useful beyond their time in the classroom.",world%2C%20hands%2Don%20experience.&text=These%20connections%20reinforce%20to%20students,they%20go%20without%20their%20parents.

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Cori Frede, Self-Employed